Mary Larimer, PhD

Personal Statement

I have been a member of the department faculty since 1995. My research and clinical interests include 1) prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug problems among adolescents and young adults (with a particular focus on college drinking prevention), 2) prediction of initiation of drinking and trajectories of alcohol and substance use during emerging adulthood, 3) co-morbidity of substance use with depression, suicide, trauma, PTSD, disordered eating, and gambling problems, 4) evaluation of housing and treatment programs for chronically homeless and incarcerated individuals and 5) dissemination of evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches into clinical, school, and work-site settings. I have published more than 100 articles and book chapters on these topics.​


Univ. of Washington, Psychology Medical education, 1992
UW - Neuropsychology & Geriatrics Teaching Appointment
UW - Addictive Behaviors Research Center Fellowship, Addictive Behaviors Research
Brown University Internship, Clinical Psychology

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Behavior change versus stability during the college-to-work transition: Life course and the "stickiness" of alcohol misuse at career entry.
(2023 Fall)
Pers Psychol 76(3): 945-975
Liu S, Bamberger P, Wang M, Nahum-Shani I, Larimer M, Bacharach SB

Whose Approval Matters Most? Examining Discrepancies in Self- and Other- Perceptions of Drinking.
(2023 Sep 21)
Subst Use Misuse
Piccirillo ML, Graupensperger S, Schultz NR, Larimer ME

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Negative Alcohol-Related Consequences in the United States and Sweden: Measurement Invariance of the Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index.
(2023 Sep 11)
Schwebel FJ, Richards DK, Andersson C, Larimer ME

Injunctive Norms and Driving Under the Influence and Riding With an Impaired Driver Among Young Adults in Washington State.
(2023 Aug 2)
J Adolesc Health
Hultgren BA, Guttmannova K, Cadigan JM, Kilmer JR, Delawalla MLM, Lee CM, Larimer ME

Do brief motivational interventions increase motivation for change in drinking among college students? A two-step meta-analysis of individual participant data.
(2023 Jun 2)
Alcohol Clin Exp Res (Hoboken)
Tan Z, Tanner-Smith EE, Walters ST, Tan L, Huh D, Zhou Z, Luningham JM, Larimer ME, Mun EY

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